If you want strong and fit, Denae Brown is definitely the woman to watch. The four-time CrossFit Games Athlete, mother and business owner knows a thing or two about being strong in both body and mind. Brown sat down with STRONG Australia to share her story, fit tips and inspirations.
SFMA: How did you get to where you are today?
Brown: Although I grew up playing a lot of sport, I never really considered the fitness industry as a career until the 2011 CrossFit regionals. Here, a fire ignited and I began to work towards a new goal of competing at the CrossFit Games. I traded in my corporate job, took up lifting full-time, and the rest is history. After four CrossFit Games appearances and a return to the competition floor after having a baby in 2014, I hung up my metcons and I now run my own business, NutritionBox.
SFMA: What do you love about what you do?
Brown: As a personal trainer, I get to combine my passions for health and fitness and helping people. I love that I get to help individuals to look and feel healthy and strong. I love helping my clients to feel empowered and ready to tackle the world.
SFMA: What does your training regimen look like?
Brown: Training for me has changed considerably since I stopped competing. Now, it’s about maintaining a balanced lifestyle, feeling good, moving well and staying healthy. My training consists of four sessions per week ranging from 20 minutes to one hour. I do a combination of pure strength training – including Olympic lifting, powerlifting or bodybuilding-style workouts – and cardiovascular conditioning sessions, which include a mixture of high-intensity and low-intensity work.
SFMA: How do you manage your own mental wellbeing?
Brown: The reality is that exercise is my way of staying mentally sane! Between juggling mum life and two businesses, plus managing my own social media, there’s not a lot of downtime. So, on the days I get to train, I aim to stay completely present and enjoy every single second of it.
SFMA: Who is your number one role model?
I love how they are both quite unconventional in their approaches. They don’t have fancy titles and they don’t get bogged down by what is in vogue. Their methods for helping people and their ability to connect with them is very admirable.
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